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MotorStorm: Apocalypse Enjoys A Thunderous Unveiling

So it looks like Sony wants to get all the big announcements out of the way before E3. ...bizarre, but whatever.

We now know about Killzone 3 and inFamous 2 and now, here's MotorStorm: Apocalypse. Freshly announced over at the PlayStation Blog, the newest iteration in the critically acclaimed off-road racer will be set in "The City," which is fictional but inspired by the Bay Area of California. So yeah, it might look a little urban but it's still off-road; in other words, they're calling it "Brutal Urban Off-Road Racing." A major earthquake has caused the city to become abandoned, but on the flip side, the tremor left quite the terrain for some bad-ass vehicles and brave drivers. And you know what's super cool? The environment "will be ripped to pieces, in real-time, as you race," and this can even have a direct impact on the route you need to take. We particularly like this excerpt from the post:

"Buggies using collapsing walls as half-pipes. Big Rigs on the rooftops of skyscrapers as they collapse. Superbikes gunning into the basements of enormous rifts. Supercars flicking on their headlights to barrel through the subways and sewers. Multi-vehicle pile ups on giant bridges as they buckle and twist. Driving through someone’s office and smashing up their desks. It’s all there."

The team has taken feedback from gamers who played previous titles and as a result, they've produced what they believe to be a "more satisfying overall game experience." In single-player, every race is unique. When a building comes down, it's down for good; i.e., even if you go back after finishing or quitting a race, that building is still down. Furthermore, you'll actually see the single-player from three different viewpoints, so there's a bit of extra depth. They're calling the destructive interaction "Wreckreation," which may be the coolest name ever. And here's a list of the game features:

  • Sixteen player online multiplayer.
  • Four player split-screen.
  • Combinations of the two. Play with three friends in the living room against 12 more online.
  • Massive vehicle customisation. Change vinyls, vehicle parts, vehicle shapes and more. Upload them to the community site and share them with others. They automatically work on all vehicle types, and include your PSN ID.
  • Vehicle perks. Modify your handling, boosting and offensive abilities as you unlock new perks.
  • A wealth of rankings to progess through online with associated rewards and recognition.
  • Stacks of online rewards to earn and persistent progress giving the most determined and successful racers the status and recognition they deserve.
  • Persistent matchmaking. Keep your party together throughout your gaming session.
  • A Game Mode Creator. From a completely blank canvas you can design your own game rules and victory conditions, play them online, and incorporate them into tournaments.

Oh, but it doesn't end there. They've replaced loading screens with cut-scenes, changed the handling and boosting mechanics, introduced five completely new vehicle classes, and you'll be seeing a lot more of MotorStorm: Apocalypse as the year rolls on. So what surprises could be left at E3 now? Uncharted 3?

Related Game(s): MotorStorm: Apocalypse

6/10/2010 9:12:51 PM Ben Dutka

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Victor321
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:30:54 PM
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This game is jam packed with features! I loved the first two and PSP entry, Arctic Edge, and am sold on getting this one!!!

If Uncharted 3 makes a presence Ben, the PS3 has practically sold 50Mil already.

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Ben667
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:33:31 PM
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Day 1 purchase for me!

Btw, there's this really cool image floating around of the cars landing on the beach coming out of big carriers... like a WW2 invasion or something.
If anyone has got a high-res version, point me to it, it's gonna be my wallpaper :D

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piratedrunk
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:45:34 PM
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I have never actually played a Motorstorm game before but this looks like it would be a lot of fun. I'll have to check it out.

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Qubex
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:46:42 PM
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I am more of a simulation racing fan, so I won't be getting this. I also sold off my first MotorStorm...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

*Currently in SinCity, Singapore

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D1g1tal5torm
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:04:01 AM

k, thanks for that.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:47:11 PM
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That feature list is impressive. So much to the fact that I am going to buy it day one!

Sony's willingness to discuss it's games now means that there is some E3 bombs coming.

Only thing I can figure.

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Victor321
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:58:25 PM

I hope you're right maxpontiac, because if they have nothing killer to announce (or focus too much on Move) they'll lose their momentum, and lose another E3.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:24:01 PM

Lose momentum? Doubtful.

Win E3? IF GT5 gets announced, it's all good in my book!!

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 1:27:01 AM

Uncharted 3 footage would rock my socks.

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daus26
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 10:23:51 AM

I don't get it myself. I think they are saving some time so they can properly present their Move and 3D stuff (hopefully a special GT5 presentation too hehe).

For them to be releasing so much info on new games like Killzone 3, Motorstorm, and Infamous, there has to be something else up in their sleeves.. right?

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 11:03:02 AM

I was also thinking - Maybe Sony isn't to concerned with E3 in regards to what the journalists will have say when it comes to who "wins"?

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Temjin001
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:51:36 PM
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I really enjoy the Motorstorm series and I will be checking this one out when it launches.

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SayWord
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:04:34 PM
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Yes! I cannot wait sony never let's me down. You think sony is going to show off versus 13 at e3 since they are revealing everything already? Or are they not going to show it because they are porting it to xbox hence why its taking so long!?!?! :(

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Victor321
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:24:59 PM

Whether S-E is actually porting it over to the XBOX 360 is unknown, so we'll find out at E3.

But I assure you SayWord, the reason why Versus XIII hasn't been mentioned at all from Sony is because the Director (not to mention Character Designer...Cloud, Sephiroth, Lightning, he's drawn them all) of Versus XIII, Tetsuya Nomura himself, he said that Versus XIII would not be shown at E3, but development is going along smoothly.

That's disappointing, but a good sign that Versus XIII is at least worked on (it should be, as the FFXIII team, they completed FFXIII, and have jumped on board to help with the VXIII team to make the game).

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Ben667
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:42:34 PM

According to the list of games Square-Enix is showing at E3... FF VSXIII isn't one of them. :(

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Victor321
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:05:29 PM

That's practically all the evidence needed to answer your question SayWord lol

Thanks Ben667 =)

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kraygen
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 2:35:01 AM

yeah when I read that the ff xiii team had gone to help with versus, my thoughts were Nooooooo! Keep them away from it, I want versus to be good. I really hope they don't screw it up too.

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:22:19 PM
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Ah, another great Motorstorm title. Sweet! I hope they keep that announcer that gives an overview of where you're racing then finishes off by saying 'Welome to Motorstorm.'. It's one of the few opening cutscenes I've never skipped. That, ZOE 2's and MGS3's.

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Gone
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:28:21 PM
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I like the Motorstorm series, but every time I play I feel like I should be shotting a machine gun or something.

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:55:12 PM

Why do you feel like 'shotting' a machine gun?

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:35:46 AM

shotting is selling drugs.
shooting is for guns.

dont ask me how i know the difference.

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Gone
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 5:12:54 PM

@Zorigo How do you know the difference?

I guess I have been playing too much Wipeout HD and Blur where you shoot something at your opponent.

Wow, so many thumbs down for bad spelling.

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NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:35:57 PM
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Hopefully it doesnt have the cheating AI of Pacific Rift. It made the whole game horribly annoying.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:53:39 PM
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WOW, they really shoehorned some major new stuff into this game, didn't they?

Oh wait, it's Bluray.

Sorry 360, you'll just have to get by doing any 180% wheelie tricks in a pair of walking shoes!

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maxpontiac
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:21:58 PM

Thumbs up for the truth on that..

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Qubex
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:44:33 PM
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I have to admit now... which was not evident in my earlier post... the Game Mode Creator feature may perk my interest. It may be possible to actually enjoy MotorStorm as more of a sim title if you are able to really customise the rules that govern the race.

No doubt that could be interesting, but I will wait for the PSxExtreme review and watch videos of the game play first before any decision is taken. I am sure there will be a demo of it at some point!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

*Currently in SinCity, Singapore

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D1g1tal5torm
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:05:22 AM

'Buggies using collapsing walls as half-pipes. Big Rigs on the rooftops of skyscrapers as they collapse'

it's not a sim get over it.

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:36:18 AM

It really isn't meant to be a sim title.

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CharlesD
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 12:04:27 AM
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Well, it seems to be filled with interesting features and an interesting singleplayer. I like the idea of completely demolishing buildings in a race and I agree with Qubex in the idea that the game mode creator will be interesting to learn more about. It looks like yet another game will be making the list, but I'll wait for the review to make that call.

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Scarecrow
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 12:52:10 AM
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"Combinations of the two. Play with three friends in the living room against 12 more online."

^Sick!

I really like the the fact that they'll let us customize our vehicles to our liking (boost, speed, acceleration, endurance, etc.)

Love the idea of riding through the subways, inside tunnels, inside buildings!, through the park, and through a stadium!?

Can't wait!
Should be fun as hell

So many features, you can tell blu-ray doesn't limit anything, there's so much you can pack into that thing!

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kraygen
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 2:38:25 AM
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From the sounds of all the features this motorstorm could easily be put into the play create share genre.

I always thought motorstorm was a great off road racer, but off road racer have never been my thing, however this does sound extra appealing. I'll keep my eye on and wait for the demo, motorstorm is always nice enough to give us a demo.

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faraga
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 2:53:06 AM
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F*ck, forget my comment at the Driver article, this looks EPIC. Must-buy if they fix the understeer problem.

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D1g1tal5torm
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:08:02 AM

There never was an understeer problem.

Using the right controls you can negate it into oversteer.

That's what makes it so fun.

This series has THE best and most fun online driving experience.

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:34:46 AM

Yeah but it was a thing you had to focus on, and for new guys it would be hard to figure out in what is almost an arcade rather than a sim, how to balance into oversteer. But Ben says they've made handling changes, so perhaps they have fixed the underteer issue. because it was an issue.

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faraga
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 8:09:51 AM

@ D1g1tal5torm
There was, you don't know how many times I was driving straight for an object which would be easily avoidable if the car would respond to any input at all.

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___________
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 3:41:20 AM
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ive never really been into the motorstorm series, for some reason i love DIRT but ive never been able to get into this.
interesting to see they have left the dirt racing for a more post apocalyptic feel.
i think thats a bad move, we have so many games set in post apocalyptic worlds but i guess only time will tell.

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Snaaaake
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 3:48:48 AM

Many games set in post apocalyptic world?

Except that Motorstorm is a racing game instead of shooter so I don't think it's a bad move.

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:33:19 AM

Snake's got a point, and yoy gotta remember, there aren't too many really GOOD games set in a post apocalyptic world. you should see my games collection. its just fallout 3 really.

Mirror's Edge is perhaps the complete opposite, a post-apocalyptic in that now they've made everything really clean and bright :D

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___________
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 8:48:54 AM

true, but you could say the same about dirt racing.
really all we have is dirt and thats about it.
i guess it opens up the level design though, they said theres going to be environmental destruction so i guess kinda like split second.

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chedison
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 10:16:30 AM

there should be a distinction made. This is set in an Apocalyptic world, not post. It's happening while your driving and racing.

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 1:18:31 PM

yh it'll be like split second but the way things are kept so fallen buildings will stay fallen, and im really pumped about the endning, as in escaping the island.

as for your point about dirt racers, all they have is dirt but motorstorm is the racer that so far has mostly covered it all
dirt
jungle
arctic
and now the city.
its variety for racers something that isn't given out much these days. this seems like one of the games to watch out for.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:01:08 AM
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DUDE! Sounds like pure unadulterated awesome. I may get it. Played the demos of the first two and am thinking about picking up Arctic Edge this weekend. If I like that, I think this will be added to my list. Maybe. I'll think about it.

As far as E3 is concerned, I fear that Sony is announcing all of this beforehand so that they can focus on PSMove for the show. Then they'll show off a ton of footage for all of their upcoming exclusives and finish off with a splitscreen of vsXIII and VII-remake. Then a big Sony brand splashes across the screen followed quickly by the Square-Enix logo, finally a filter over that reads, 'Final Fantasy is back where it belongs. ONLY ON PLAYSTATION 3 - coming December 2010 to a store near you. Fade to black, and X-box fanboys spontaneously combust from jealousy.

Hey, a guy can dream right?
Peace.

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:31:48 AM

I think they are releasing everything before hand of E3 so as to make some huge announcement dominate the show this year.
My money is on something we don't know of, (it damn well best not be a PS4) or it'll be Move and they will show how good it should be.

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Snaaaake
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:49:32 AM

But don't you think we'll be more excited for something we know instead of something we never heard of?

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Fane1024
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 3:24:06 PM

All I want to see about Move during the Press Conference is a montage of all the games which will support it.

They've talked about it enough. Just let the press play it and give their impressions.

Save the time in the Presser for "hardcore" games. And the announcement that backwards compatibility via emulation is coming, complete with hundreds of PS2 games on the Store.

Oh, and the announcement that they're finally fixing the effing browser.

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Zorigo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:30:39 AM
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MOTHERFECKING SIIIIIIICCKKKK!!!!

I am GETTING THIS BIACHES! screw split second!

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FatherSun
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 6:34:05 AM

Apocalyse makes Split/Second Gone in 60 seconds.

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Snaaaake
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:48:16 AM
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I'm buying this for sure, and if they retain the custom soundtrack feature, D1P!!!

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FatherSun
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 6:31:43 AM
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Is it possible that SONY is suffering from PREMATURE E3CULATION? I sure hope they have some shells left in the cannons.

MOTORSTORM: APOCOLYPSE = D1P

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tanner1
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 6:36:16 AM
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@ pontiac.

"Lose another E3", So in ur my what E3 did Sony Lose?

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:47:05 PM

Never have said Sony has won or lost E3 ever.

It's hard to lose something that isn't meant to won or lost. I'll leave that to the video game journalist's and expert analyst's..

I only game on my PS3, so what Microsoft and Nintendo does matters little to me.

As I stated in another post, if GT5 gets a release date, it's all good!

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Danny007
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 7:03:03 AM
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Why are all the games getting announced before the big press conference? I want to be surprised.

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JackC8
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 7:21:33 AM
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I loved Pacific Rift, so I'm definitely interested in the new one. Hope they include steering wheel support this time. I'm wondering about buildings falling down - after a few times through each race, aren't they all going to be flat, and you lose a whole aspect of the gameplay? We'll see I guess.

Why is Sony announcing everything before E3? I was disappointed last year because we knew (almost) everything beforehand, and I was making a conscious effort to ignore the rumors so I could be surprised this year. But instead of rumors, we've got Sony giving everything away before the show? Hmmm...

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FatherSun
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 8:34:07 AM

Wherein lies the logic... SONY is now the Master of it owns DOMIAN. Instead of having others leak information (and we all know that was gonna happen) they released most of it themselves.

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tlpn99
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 7:39:14 AM
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Cant wait for this this one looks great the track collapsing around you as your playing. I liked both Motorstorm 1 and 2 even if 2 is hard but it's fun to play online with your mates. :)

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Banky A
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 10:57:39 AM
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Holy shrimp. The first three bullet points laid down the smack right there.

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FatherSun
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 12:41:00 PM

Ben forgot a final built point:

• THE KITCHEN SINK!

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nogoat23
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 11:04:45 AM
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Is the post-apocalypse theme a self contained genre yet, like westerns and science fiction? On that note, what was the first book/movie to use post-apocalypse as a setting?

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Scarecrow
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 11:39:47 AM

It's not post-apocalyptic, it's apocalyptic!

This game is set when all the destruction is happening.

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sha4dowknight05
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 2:16:31 PM
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AWESOMENESS this is a defs purcahse for me!!!

Enjoyed all the others and this sounds even better !!!


Hopefully the online can be a bit improved over the last 2.

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Streets_74
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 2:28:06 PM
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Massive vehicle customisation. Change vinyls, vehicle parts, vehicle shapes and more.

This has just earned MS3 an trial from me, I will buy it if the customisation is deep enough for me. Thats pretty much the one thing I saw missing from MS1 and the reason I didn't buy MS2, don't get me wrong I like the games but I got bored with it really fast.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 6:54:50 PM
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Loved the first one, came with my ps3 =p, but didn't buy the second one, the demo turned me off it and I didn't try the revamped demo so..oh well, but this certainly sounds like a huge upgrade, definitely on my list

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v777tiger
Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 12:10:26 PM
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ben667 you can find the picture your after at www.computerandvideogames.com

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